Portraits in the City of Fountains

After multiple scheduling conflicts over the last couple of months, I finally had a chance to photograph one of my favorite families at a gorgeous fountain in North Kansas City. I did their family portraits last summer and Baby D’s newborn portraits before that. I always love looking back to see how kids have grown! Their kiddos like to ham it up for the camera, which makes my job super fun!

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Family Portraits | How time flies

It’s been two years since I shot photos for this family. When they first booked the session, I though we’d done the photos just last year! Friday was a beautiful day, but still a bit chilly for an outdoor photo session, so we got creative on our indoor photo location. Anyone from the Kansas City area have any guesses on where these photos were taken? As always, I had a great time with this family, especially with the new little addition!

Project 52 Week 52: 2012 Finale

After a year’s commitment to posting a photo per week (many weeks I couldn’t help but post more), here is my final photo. Happy New Year! See you on the flip side … the photography will continue.

A fountain kept on in the winter creates a pretty cool effect, especially in the snow.

Day 281: It’s “Pink” Month

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s breast cancer awareness month. Pink is everywhere. I was actually late to work the first day of October because they were installing pink lights on the Broadway Bridge downtown. I don’t mean to complain … awareness is important. By now I think everyone is aware; in my opinion prevention is key. If you’re a female 40 or older, get a yearly mammogram! Now on to the photo.

The water in this fountain has been dyed pink for breast cancer awareness month. I see symbolism in this image. Hopefully one day children like those in this fountain will never have to worry about cancer.

Day 174: Kickin’ It

The weather was gorgeous yesterday evening, so we took a picnic and a blanket to the Zona Rosa shopping center for Jazz on the Square. Our entertainment wasn’t only the musicians but the kids playing in the fountain. It was fun to see what all the kids would do with the water – splash it, kick it (pictured), sit on it, lay on it, run through it, jump in it, jump around it … I could go on forever.

Kids playing in the fountains at Zona Rosa



Days 154-156: Wet ‘n Wild Weekend

Ok, ok. It may have been more wet than wild. And it may not be summer yet, but it definitely feels like it with the 90 degree temps.

Friday night we went to a Royals game and watched my Alma mater band play the Star Spangled Banner. We enjoyed the $1 peanuts and hotdogs, free fireworks display, and this lighted fountain. Actually, I think we enjoyed all of that more than watching the Royals lose.
On Saturday we walked around at the Zona Rosa shopping center for a while, but like the kid slashing in the fountain, we found it too hot to stay outside very long.
Sunday afternoon we beat the heat by going to the pool. Everyone else had the same idea too, but they were obviously having a good time.

Day 83: Bokeh

My second comparison between my old Pentax and my new Canon is bokeh, or the aesthetic blur of the background. Not only does my new camera do a much better job of blurring out distracting backgrounds, but look how much closer and bigger the fountain looks in the second image! My model Jerod (who’s a great sport) was positioned in the same spot for both photos.

Pentax K100d
1/60 sec., f/5.6, ISO 400
18-55 mm lens (38 mm), natural light

Canon 60d
1/30 sec., f/5.6, ISO 200
18-200 mm lens (200 mm), natural light